So, you’ve started up your very own nonprofit organization: you’ve written your mission statement, you’ve rounded up a terrific board of directors, you’ve secured your 501(c)3 status, and you’re ready to start raising money. But wait! You’ve forgotten one thing: in order to raise money without breaking the law, you’ll need to register your charity in all of the states in which you intend to conduct business. On February 17th, Tony Martignetti, Esq., managing director of Martignetti Planned Giving Advisors, visited our New York library/learning center to enlighten charity leaders as to what they need to know in order to start fundraising without getting into legal trouble. The seminar, titled Demystifying State Charity Registration Laws, featured many useful pieces of advice, a few of which are mentioned below:
These basic tips will help you get started – if you’d like to learn more about state charity registration, take a look at Tony Martignetti’s electronic guide, Charity Registration: State-by-State Guidelines for Compliance, available at www.charityregistrations.com.
See our FAQ, Can a nonprofit organization do fundraising activities in multiple states? and search the Foundation Center’s library catalog under the subject/descriptor "State laws regulating charitable solicitation" for more information and guidance.
Posted by Tracy Kaufman, Library Assistant